The Orioles placed closer Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list due to tightness in his left forearm, MLB.com’s Dhiren Mahiban reports. Reliever Stefan Crichton has been called up from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move.
Manager Buck Showalter said Britton suffered the injury during Friday’s appearance against the Blue Jays during which he gave up a run on three hits. He still registered his save, his fifth in as many opportunities this season and his 54th consecutively, dating back to the end of the 2015 season.
While Britton is out, Brad Brach will likely get the chance to close out games. Brach has yet to allow a run in six innings of work this season.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.